The men’s baseball team is coming off it’s most successful season in the program’s history and will look to build on that success with a strong recruiting class. The 2009 OUA silver medalists are pleased to announce the commitments of the following student athletes for the 2010 season (these are in addition to the eight student-athletes already featured in a June 29th article):
Brett van Pelt (LHP) - In 2009, Brett was one of the most highly recruited baseball players in Ontario. The left-handed pitcher and graduate of the Team Ontario program ultimately chose NCAA DI school Saint Mary’s University in California to pursue his baseball dream. In November of 2009, Brett underwent Tommy John surgery and decided to return home to Ontario to begin his rehab. He chose Laurier to attend the school of Business and Economics and is a great athlete, as he was a very good hockey player who had a chance to play in the OHL as a high schooler.
"Brett is a very competitive young man and we are thrilled to have him at Laurier," said head coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
. "He’s been working hard all summer to rehab his arm and if he’s able to regain the arm strength that he had before his injury, he has the potential to be one of the top pitchers in the league. He has succeeded at every level that he has played at and we are excited to add a player of his calibre to our program”.Tyler Soucie
(RHP) – The Cambridge native joins Laurier after a season at Spring Arbor College, an NAIA school in Michigan. The 6-4 right-handed pitcher plays for Coach Ballantyne’s KW Jr. Panthers of the Junior Intercounty League and is a hard thrower who racks up a lot of strikeouts.
"Tyler has a power arm and a lot of potential. He has a good frame and live arm, " commented Ballantyne. "He has thrown some great games for my summer team and I expect him to make an immediate impact with our program. He has a strong pedigree as his father was a successful player and we’re hopeful that Tyler can reach his potential with us”.
Corey Butler (INF) – Corey comes to Laurier after stops at DII Iowa Wesleyan College and most recently Laurentian University. The native of Ajax currently plays infield for the Markham Pioneers and has been enjoying a successful summer season. After spending a season as a red shirt freshmen at Iowa Wesleyan College, Butler returned to Ontario to attend Laurentian, but chose to attend Laurier this fall to continue his baseball career.
"Corey is an experienced infielder who will add depth to our roster. We expect him to come in and compete for a starting spot with our club. He has been playing senior all summer and should be ready to roll when camp starts."